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Electro-pop, ethereal indie, exceptional collaborations and more new music from this week

Madlib + Four Tet: Road of The Lonely Ones Madlib (aka Otis Jackson Jr) and Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden) have joined forces for a collaborative album called Sound Ancestors that promises to be an immersive listening experience. As Hebden explains, “He is always making loads of music in all sorts of styles and I was listening to some of his new beats and studio …

Healy feat. Becky and the Birds: Back on the Fence

Memphis, Tennessee-based recording artist Healy (aka Ethan Healy) enlists Swedish vocalist Becky and the Birds (born Thea Gustafsson) for “Back on the Fence,” a single from the former’s forthcoming album, Tungsten, due out 13 January on Braintrust and RCA Records. Produced by Public Library Commute, “Back on the Fence” proves to be Healy’s most pop-forward record—and pleasantly so. A rich grand piano carries his sound …

Becky and the Birds: Paris

Gentle and meditative, “Paris” by Becky and the Birds (aka singer/songwriter/producer Thea Gustafsson) was written in a hotel in the French capital, as Gustafsson couldn’t escape thoughts about a person back home in Sweden. The atmospheric tune, with distorted vocals drifting over it, appears on Gustafsson’s upcoming EP, Trasslig, which is out next month.